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Sometimes stress can start to feel like just another standard in our daily lives. As women, we might even try to justify stress as a “necessary evil” for maintaining a certain personal standard. However, as a women’s health & hormone specialist I can confidently tell you that stress is not your friend.

Fortunately, there are several natural solutions for managing stress levels. At Naturkur Wellness, we believe the best place to begin with these solutions is with hormone balancing. Today I’m going to dig into what that means and how it can help you kick stress to the curb.

  

Identify the Stress/Hormone Cycle

The truth about stress is that the more we let it infiltrate our lives, the more unbalanced our hormones become. Stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol are only meant to be released occasionally. Unfortunately, most of us have become very familiar with their daily presence in our bodies. This state can lead to:

  • Exhaustion / fatigue
  • Sleep issues such as trouble falling asleep & staying asleep
  • High blood pressure
  • Thyroid issues
  • Weight gain
  • Increased chance of anxiety and/or depression
  • Increased chance of gastrointestinal issues
  • Irregular menstrual cycles
  • Infertility

The natural conclusion many women draw from this is that managing stress will lead to more balanced hormones. The challenge with that solution is that stress management is nearly impossible when you’re in a state of emergency. The true solution lies in starting with the hormones of the adrenal stress response system!

 

Bring Balance to Your System

The best way to stop the stress/hormone-imbalance cycle is to bring your hormone levels back to a balanced state. Keeping stress hormones in check is going to allow your mind and body to work together without interruption from the stress response system. 

Natural things you can do to balance the stress response system of the body and the production of stress hormones in the adrenal glands include:

  • Eating a balanced diet rich in protein, Vitamins B5, B6 and Vitamin C
  • Adaptogenic herbs (Ashwagandha, Rhodiola, Eleutherococcus, Reishi, etc.)
  • Physical exercise
  • Breathing exercises to engage the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest) and turn off the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight)

  

Encourage the “Right” Hormones

Another critical step in this process is to find ways to replenish the hormones that stress tends to deplete. Progesterone – a hormone that promotes feelings of relaxation and a calm state of mind – is typically very low in women who are experiencing chronic stress. The stress pathway and the overproduction of cortisol makes it difficult to produce and maintain a balanced level of progesterone. Support progesterone directly with:

  • Herbs: Vitex (chaste tree berry) and Dioscorea (wild yam)
  • Evening Primrose Oil
  • Bio-identical progesterone cream

For your doctor to know exactly which hormones are being depleted by stress (and to what degree), we recommend taking a home saliva test for hormones. This will provide a quick, accurate and effective snapshot of your body’s unique stress response.

 

Women’s Health & Hormone Specialist

Stop letting stress call the shots and get the help you need to regain a sense of balance. Dr. Iris Crawford is a hormone expert and creator of the Crawford Hormone Revitalization Method, a custom, holistic, naturopathic approach to balancing hormones. The Naturkur Wellness team has over 20 years of experience in identifying and treating hormone imbalance to help you achieve your optimal level of health. Call today to schedule your free consultation!